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Mill Lake Fire

Unit Information

Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Phone: 406 426-9612

Fire Information
Phone: 406 426-9612
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Highlighted Activity

09/23/2022 Mill Lake & Blodgett Lake Fires for Sept. 23, 2022
 Contact Information:  Phone:  406-426-9612 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Email: Fire Name               Acreage (estimated) Blodgett Lake:               .
News - 09/23/2022
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The Mill Lake Fire started by lightning on August 29th, located approx. two miles east of Mill Lake and eight miles west of the Mill Creek Trailhead.

Fire behavior and activity on the Mill Lake up Mill Canyon west of Corvallis increased September 3rd due to hot, dry, and breezy conditions. The fire is burning into a heavy fuel component (timber) on the north side of Mill Canyon. Pushed by strong westerly winds, the fire made a one mile run with spotting occurring up to 3/4 mile ahead of the main fire.

Due to the difficult terrain and no landing locations for a helicopter, the fire is not currently staffed. The steep and rugged terrain combined with the presence of snag trees, limits the ability to safely place firefighters directly on the fire at this time.

There is a road closure and several trail closures for public safety. 
On September 14, 2022 Northern Rockies IMT 1 under Incident Commander Doug Turman took command of the Incident  

The Incident was turned over to a local Type III team on Friday Sept 23, 2022.  Trail closures remain in effect.   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 29th, 2022 approx. 02:00 PM
Location7 miles west of Pinesdale MT
Incident CommanderType III Seth Carbonari IC
Coordinates46.312 latitude, -114.411 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel71
Size915 Acres
Fuels Involved

Down heavy fuels in the understory.

Significant Events

Mill Lake: Creeping and smoldering behavior

Blodgett Lake: Heavy dead and down and cured shrubs. Creeping and smoldering behavior


Planned Actions

Continue to scout indirect fire line opportunities. Prep the 438 Sheafman Road from Cow Creek Trailhead to Sheafman Trailhead. Continue fuels prep/reduction from Cow Creek Trailhead along the private land down to and including Mill Creek Trailhead.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Creeping and smoldering fire behavior.

24 Hours: Creeping and Smoldering fire behavior.


A Type III incident management team took over Blodgett Lake, Mill Lake, Big Creek, Bear Creek, and Kootenai Creek Fires on Friday, Sept 23, 2022.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot dry conditions return with critical fire weather potential.